COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College track and field team traveled to Ursinus College Saturday as they competed in the Frank Colden Invitational.
On the day, senior Rachael Kahelin posted a 3.72m in the long jump, her second longest leap of the season. She came back in the shot put with a personal best heave of 6.79m before sprinting to a 33.55 in the 200m, also a personal best. "That felt awesome!" exclaimed Kahelin immediately finishing the 200m dash.
Junior Tonja Nixon broke her PR in the 60m for the second time in as many days. Today, she lowered her time to 8.44, 2/100th faster than her time yesterday at The Armory.
Senior Elaine Schmidt returning to the track following an injury ran the faster 800m on the team this season and qualified for the conference championships with a time of 2:36.90. Freshman Syndey Maves will join Schmidt at the conference championships in the 800m as she posted a qualifying time of 2:38.48.
The best event of the day for the Owls came in the 400m dash. Freshman Jessica Bernal put up a solid 1:17.29 in heat one while three of her teammates lined up for the second heat. In the second heat, freshman Ann Lin led the charge by setting a new personal best with a 1:12.00. Classmate Marissa Mirecki set an indoor personal best with a 1:12.26 while sophomore Lauren Dana ran a 1:13.21, also a personal best. In the third heat, sophomore Yue Yang posted a time of 1:11.38, good for 16th place overall.
The 4x800m relay of Dana, sophomores Betsy Helm, senior Sarah Macholdt and junior Rachel Hager broke the 12 minute barrier and finished 6th overall with an 11:54.87. Leading the way for the team was Macholdt who set a new personal best 800m time in her split. The 4x400m team of Yang, Mirecki, Lin and freshman Ashley Macina took home 7th by running a 4:50.54.
"With a some of our top runners competing in New York on Friday, we knew this wasn't going to be a high scoring meet, but the team stayed focused on getting done what they came to do," said head coach Jason Hewitt. "This was one of our best team efforts this season and as we start to tune up the team for the end of the Indoor Season, I expect we'll continue to see great things!"
On Friday at The Armory in New York City, junior Claudia Keep continued to lower her 3K school record to 10:04.31, improving on last weeks' time of 10:09.03. Nixon, running in the 60m, set a personal best time of 8.46 in the all-out dash before brae3king it today.
The Owls are back to action when they travel back to Ursinus on Friday, Feb. 14, for the Ursinus Open at 3:00 pm.